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Here’s why size doesn’t matter.

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I was about to go on stage before a hundred of my peers, presenting a workshop idea to them. Many people had lined up to present their ideas, and only a few of those ideas would be chosen by popular vote.

As I was listening to the people on stage, I started feeling more and more nervous and regretted my decision to take part in this idea pitch.

I had just recently left a highly paid and prestigious job (and my entire legal career along with it), moved to another continent, and started a business from scratch. …

Lessons from the world’s most imperfect retreat in the history of retreats

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Are you sometimes being held back by wanting to do something perfectly? If so, let me share a story with you that might inspire you to do it imperfectly.

Last week, I attended a spiritual retreat; I was searching for a new vision and direction. I’m pretty sure it was one the most imperfect in the history of all retreats. The ideal scenario would be to spend a few days without any electronics by myself in the wilderness, fasting, and asking for guidance.

What happened? It’s 2021, so it was all virtual. If there was any wilderness to be had…

Don’t ignore the call.

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One idea that deeply resonates with me is the hero’s journey. Here’s how the late mythologist Joseph Campbell described it:

“The journey of the hero is about the courage to seek the depths; the image of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change within us;…”

From time to time, we are called to change in ways that feel scary or even impossible. Here are just some examples of what that can look like:

  • getting a new degree,
  • leaving a job,
  • starting your business,
  • expressing yourself creatively,
  • sharing your gifts with the world,
  • leaving a bad relationship,
  • committing to a new…

How you can strategically differentiate your business or content from others in the same niche

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How do you create a business differentiation strategy so you can set yourself apart from your competitors?

Many entrepreneurs are struggling because their business exists in a crowded niche. Due to competition, they often find it hard to charge enough for their products or services. When prices are already so low in your niche that you don’t want to compete with similar businesses on price, you have to stand out in another way.

So, let’s explore how you can strategically differentiate your businesses from others in the same niche. First, let’s explore some terms.

What is a business differentiation strategy?

The term describes a strategy that…

Be kind to yourself and others

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And now we wait.

Until it’s your turn. It’s just that you might lose your spot in the queue as categories get shuffled around. Deal with it.

And now we wait.

Except you can’t just wait. Make sure you snag an appointment if you can. (You probably [maybe?] can’t.) Deal with it.

And now we wait.

While continuing to social distance and avoid people. Unless you’re already fully vaccinated in which case you might be flaunting your good fortune and doing inconceivable things such as *gasp* dining indoors. Or just trying to navigate your crippling post-lockdown anxiety. Deal with it.

Start with a positive writing experience

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As a writer, from time to time something can happen that breaks your writing groove. Perhaps you or a loved one get sick. Or maybe (hopefully not!) someone you care about passes away. Or you might get negative feedback that sends you down a negative spiral. Basically, any time our routine gets disrupted in major ways, we’re at risk of losing our writing habit.

In my case, I fell off the wagon after an intense writing challenge. After cranking out articles like there was no tomorrow for two months, I wrote a grand total of 2 new articles in 3…

In fact, it might ruin your connection to others.

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Like almost every writer, I’m guilty of unintentionally perpetuating the myth that being the best is something to aspire to. In my articles, I quote people who have made it to the top of their fields. I reference those who stood out.

In part it’s because that’s what people are interested, and in part because I can find out what Barack Obama said in public but I don’t know what your grand-aunt told you the other day, even though it may have been more insightful. In fact, there are many things ordinary people have said or done that are more…

* By your own standards, not someone else’s.

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“Go to bed early!” There, I said it.

But before you think this is the same old anti-night owl propaganda you’ve heard way too many times, let me tell you: it isn’t! This isn’t an article full of “productivity porn,” advising people to “get up at 5 a.m., take a cold shower, followed by a focused waterboarding session with your friendly CIA-certified productivity coach because life is utterly meaningless.”

Life isn’t meaningless, I’m grateful to not be living in the Middle Ages, and my ancestors didn’t toil so hard only for me to forego warm water in the 21st century…

The old definition of success is destroying our world

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It’s high time for our global, heavily Americanized culture to redefine success.

Throughout our lifetime, success has often been defined through numbers of zeroes or luxury goods. Six-figure, seven-figure, eight-figure incomes; private jets, yachts, and mansions.

These ways of defining success feel shallow and disconnected to me. Apparently, many Americans (and presumably people in many other countries) share that sentiment.

In a 2014 survey conducted by IPSOS on behalf of Strayer University, 90 percent of the American participants believed that success is more about happiness than money, power and fame. In this survey, success was mostly defined as “attaining personal…

The rules I followed and the results I got

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Last year, I did a 30-day writing challenge where I published a full-fledged article each day. Why, you may ask? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Of course, that’s the same explanation a hungover, concussed college student would give for trying to jump over the table last night, so perhaps a more thorough exploration is in order? Unlike a drunk college student, this exploration will allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not you also want to dive head-first into something that might be painful.

The goal of this 30-day writing challenge

The primary goal of my writing challenge was…

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